CoR Secretary General for a better connection of EU space policy with EU infrastructure policy..  

CoR Secretary-General Jiří Buriánek was a member of a delegation who on 17 July informed EU Commissioner in charge of space issues Elżbieta Bieńkowska about cross-border research cooperation on the Zugspitze and the international activities of the Schneefernerhaus environmental research station in Bavaria.

The scientific coordinator of the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus, Prof. Michael Bittner, informed about the international cooperation and networking of sound research stations in the "Virtual Alpine Observatory" (VAO). He reported on the tasks, goals and current research projects.
The VAO is an association of eight sound research stations in the Alps. Through the cooperation of the institutions scientific research, questions in the system about atmosphere, biosphere, hydro and cryosphere are to be clarified. Possible health effects of environmental influences are also investigated, which would not be possible without this cross-border and interdisciplinary cooperation.
In the discussion about possible cooperation in the future, Dr. Jiří Buriánek presented the advantages of establishing a European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). This instrument would allow the bundling of cross-border management within the framework of a clearly developed strategic agenda and at the same time constitute a focal point for synergistically usable EU funding such as the EU Structural Funds on the one hand and EU Research Funds on the other.

In addition, the CoR Secretary-General called for better connection of space policy applications with EU infrastructure policy in energy, transport and digital economy sectors.
 
The EGTC is an EU instrument established in 2006 with the aim of facilitating and promoting cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. It is composed of Member States, regional and local authorities and / or public law bodies.

CoR EGTC Monitoring Report 2017